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Signs of snakes

Deter Snakes from Entering Your Property

There are a few things you can do to deter snakes:

  1. Trim grass regularly to keep it short.
  2. Keep wood, rock and debris from piling up.
  3. Seal holes that snakes can hide in such as under the sheds, decks and walls.
  4. Place fitting fences or walls around ponds as a deterrent.

Snakes Species

Snakes are a real threat to people living in Malaysia and below are some of the common snakes found here.

It is rare to see snakes in Malaysia, unless your property has a garden or open space near extremely secluded areas. In most cases, snakes are most likely just passing through your garden area.

The common signs to look out for on whether a snake is in your property are: 

  1. Shed skins — snakes shed their worn-out skin about 6 times a year. This process is called moulting. 
  2. Winding trails — can be seen on light dirt or sandy surfaces, particularly across secluded open land areas.

There are certain places where snakes may like to hide on your property:

  1. Secluded open land, field or bush area.
  2. Garden with ponds, wood, rock or rubble piling around.
  3. Garden with un-trimmed long grass.

Reptiles are timid and will usually flee to seek cover if they are detected by people or pets.

King Cobra

(Ophiophagus hannah)

King Cobra

Appearance

  • Large powerfully built snake.
  • Up to 5.5m in length and 9 kg in weight. 
  • Varies but mainly olive-green or black coloured with pale yellow cross bands along the body. 
  • Underbelly may be pale yellow or cream. 
  • Head of full-grown snake can be massive and bulky. 
  • King Cobra has proteroglyph dentition — two short, fixed fangs in the front of the jaw channeling venom into the prey. 
  • Male is much larger than the female. 
  • Hatchlings are 45–50 cm long and banded in black and white.
Life cycle and habits of the King Cobra

Life Cycle

  • The mating season is January. 
  • Female lays up to 50 eggs and coils atop them for 60–80 days incubation period. 
  • Averagely can live up to 20 years.

Habitat

  • Generally its diet is composed of other snakes but may also feed on other small animals such as lizards, birds, and rodents. 
  • Is shy and avoid humans whenever possible, but are fiercely aggressive when cornered. 
  • A diurnal species. 
  • Capable of flattening its upper body by spreading its ribs and forming the distinctive 'hood' about its neck. 
  • Its venom is primarily neurotoxic which attacks the victim's central nervous system and immediately causes from severe pain, blurred vision, vertigo, drowsiness, paralysis to death.

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